APROPOS GEGENWART: Sometimes we dream of Europe

Yuri Andrukhovych in conversation with Martin Pollack


The new APROPOS GEGENWART series kicks off with a prominent guest, Yuri Andrukhovych, one of Ukraine’s best-known contemporary writers and most important intellectuals. He has been an indispensable chronicler of Ukrainian history for years, bringing it closer to this readers with stunning verbal imagery.

There will be a presentation of samples of his varied work, consisting of novels, poems, essays and travelogues, which have been translated into more than 20 languages.

Renowned Austrian historian, author and Ukraine expert Martin Pollack will speak with the author.

Philipp Hauß will read texts by the author.

The event will be in German


Austrian National Library, Augustinertrakt Oratorium
Address: Josefplatz 1, 1010 Wien, Entrance Prunksaal

Cover picture: Kasino am Scharzenbergplatz, Photo: Georg Soulek / Burgtheater

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Florian Bauer

Director Social Finance, Sustainability and Innovation
Since 2023, Florian Bauer has been responsible for social finance, sustainability and social innovation at ERSTE Foundation. Prior to this role, Florian worked in the NGO & Social Entrepreneurship sector for more than 13 years. He led the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP), an international multilateral NGO that works to accelerate market-based deployment of renewable energy and energy efficient systems in developing countries, and was Managing Director & COO of the Impact Hub Vienna. From 2020-2023, Florian established strategic alliances with key partners and helped to create innovative semantic technology solutions at Semantic Web Company (SWC), a leading IT company in semantic AI solutions.